Faces of AOS: Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez Bio

• Email:

• My position with AOS:
Diversity Committee Member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Ithaca College

• My current career stage:

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Dr. Blanca Hernandez-Baños (Undergrad and masters)
Dr. Kevin Omland (PhD)
Dr. Robert Fleischer (Postdoctoral)
Dr. Susan Witherup (Postdoctoral)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I work on population genetics of birds, especially those with populations on islands. Trying to conserve what is left!

• My favorite bird and why:
Snowy Owl – Owls in general are my favorite birds, but this one is enigmatic and majestic

• I am involved with AOS because:
Trying to make people from outside of Academia and underrepresented groups welcome. Also, I think outreach is very important, specially now we have to go out and talk with people about science.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
You can interact with ornithologists at different stages with different lines of research

• Birds are important to me because:
They are not only pretty but very important for the ecosystem, some plants won’t germinate without passing through their gut. Plus, is a good way of interacting with people that are not biologists, many of them have bird feeders just to see the pretty birds

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Research is fun, don’t give up! Don’t be afraid to ask questions

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
And how is population declines and genetic loss affecting other species in the ecosystem?

• Fun random fact about myself:
Once in a while I go hiking! I enjoy being out there an appreciate nature that sometimes we take for granted. I also enjoy classical music!